Classes & Programs

Dance Repertory Company


In addition to dance classes, an exciting part of the learning experience for MCA students is performance opportunities.

Students may audition for MCA’s pre-professional performing ensemble, the Dance Repertory Company (DRC), or MCA’s junior performing troupe, the Dance Repertory Company II. Biennially DRC presents a full-length production of the traditional holiday classic The Nutcracker (Dec. 2018 will be our 10th production) as well as The Sugar Plum Fairy Tea Party.

DRC Students and alumni have studied at or performed with: American Ballet Theatre, Anaya Dance Theatre, Ballet Austin, Joffery Ballet, Limon Dance Company, Radio City Music Hall, Milwaukee Ballet, St. Paul Ballet, and more.

Mark your calendar for 2018-19 DRC Productions:


Dance Repertory Company Presents: The Nutcracker

Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts and Saint Mary’s Department of Theatre and Dance present Dance Repertory Company’s 10th biennial production of Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic ballet, The Nutcracker. Join Clara and her beloved Nutcracker as she journeys through the land of sweets, complete with a Sugar Plum Fairy, snowflakes, Russian babas and a Rat Queen. 

Auditions: The 2018 Nutcracker has been cast. View the Cast List. Cast members can find important information on the Cast Portal.

Performances:  Thursday, Nov.29 through Sunday, Dec. 2nd, 2018 (see performance times below)

Wednesday, Nov. 28th- 12:30pm (School Matinee)

Wednesday, Nov. 28th- 6:30pm Abridged performance perfect younger children and their families.This performance is around 1 hour and all tickets are only $5.

Thursdays, Nov. 29th-6:30pm

Friday, Nov. 30th- 6:30pm

Saturday, Dec. 1- 6:30pm

Sunday, Dec. 2- 3:00pm

All performances are at the Saint Mary University of Minnesota, Page Theatre (700 Terrace Heights, Winona, MN). Tickets are $12 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens. Tickets can be purchased at the door Page Theatre Saint Mary’s University Performance Center (700 Terrace Heights, Winona MN), by calling Performance Center Box Office at 507-457-1715 or online at

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tap dancersDance Repertory Company Spring Dance Concert: Classically Speaking

The 46th annual spring concert of the Dance Repertory Company, Classically Speaking will be an evening of classical music and contemporary dance. Suitable and engaging for all ages, works range from contemporary ballet to hip hop and tap to modern dance, encompassing re-staged works, as well as new choreography created by MCA faculty and regional guest artists, Jessica Dienger, Christine Martin, Bryan Moore, Raina Racki, and Tammy Schmidt.

Auditions: Jan. 2019, 3pm at MCA’s home, Valencia Arts Center Audition Details

Performances: April 11-13, 2019 (see performance times below)

April 11- School Matinee

April 12- Public Performances, 7:30pm

April 13- Public Performance, 3pm

All Performances at the Saint Mary University of Minnesota, Page Theatre. Tickets $10 Adults, $5 Students and Seniors


Other Performance Opportunities

In addition to the Dance Repertory Company MCA tries to offer performance opportunities both big and small through the participation in National Tap Dance Day, Irish Festivals, Ready Set School’s Chili Cook Off, Winona Public Library events, performances at Nursing homes and more. Between Summer Camps, MCA’s Music and Theatre Divisions there are plenty of performance opportunities and chances to attend performances. Check out our Events Calendar to see what performances you can catch.

Classically Speaking Cast Portal

This is a one-stop shop for Classically Speaking dancers and their families to view all of the Friday Fill-in’s, the rehearsal schedule and other important documents.

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Classically Speaking Dance Concert Auditions

The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts will hold auditions Jan. 19, 2019 at 3:00pm for the Dance Repertory Company’s (DRC) spring production, “Classically Speaking”. The company is MCA’s pre-professional dance troupe, composed of intermediate and advanced dancers ages 13 and older.  Auditions are free and open to the public.

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2018 Sugar Plum Fairy Tea Party

The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts is pleased to announce the tenth biennial Sugar Plum Fairy Tea Party, Sunday, Nov. 18. Don’t miss your opportunity to sip on tea, nibble on tasty treats, meet and take photos with your favorite characters from The Nutcracker and be entertained by live music and dancers. Tickets are on-sale now!

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Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts
1164 West Howard (10th) Street
Winona, MN 55987

Phone: 507-453-5500
Fax: 507-453-5507


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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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